Cats are the most popular pets next to dogs. Cats are loved by many people because they are usually cute, cuddly and full of quirks. They love sleeping all day long, and getting into mischief when awake. They are not extremely fragile, like say, hamsters, so you can leave them on their own for a while. Cats are very independent, and less affectionate to strangers than dogs, although many cat-lovers like this about them. They can be aloof and alot of fun to tease.
Unfortunately, cats have the strongest-smelling urine ever! Many people are apprehensive when bringing a new cat home, especially an untrained one, because they tend to pee everywhere. And it will be a difficult chore to get rid of cat urine smell. Washing and scrubbing your carpet with tons of soap isn’t enough. The smell is distinctive, unpleasant, and worst of all, persistent.
If you have a new cat and you have just caught a whiff of its urine, you may want to know some tips on how to get rid of your cat’s urine smell out of your carpet, mattress, sofa, or even the floor. The following methods have proven to be very effective in removing the smell of cat urine.
How to Get Rid of Cat Urine Smell
Before you even begin, you might want to identify the sites where your pet has peed. This can be done with the help of a black-light. The pee will show up as yellow splotches.
Things you will need are: baking soda, white vinegar, and water. No need to worry, there is no cooking involved. The said ingredients have innate stain and odour removing properties. What you need to do is combine 1 part of vinegar with 3 parts of water. Before you apply the solution, remove as much as urine from the affected surface using a wet rug. Add some soap to it as well. Once that is done, apply or sprinkle some baking soda to the site. Alternatively, you can spray the site with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and liquid dish detergent. Then scrub the surface. Keep on scrubbing it until you no longer smell any cat urine. If your clothes have also been ‘christened’ by your cat, you can use apple cider vinegar. Just include a ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar in your laundry solution and put it in your washing machine dispenser.
If you don’t want to go through the hassle of mixing this and that and combining this with that; then you can use ready-made solutions to get rid of your cat’s urine smell. There are various cat urine smell removers in many pet shops and grocery stores. You can also shop online to compare effectiveness of varying brands.
Avoiding the cat urine smell altogether
If you want to lessen the risk of having your house smelling of cat urine, you can start training your cat to pee in its litter box. The question is how? You need to know that cats are super-sensitive to smell. They will not use their litter box if it is not fresh. If your cat senses that the litter box is not clean, it is quite likely that he or she will look for a cleaner area. The answer is, therefore, to keep the litter box clean. Another tip is placing orange-peel or pinecones, or both, in areas where your cat has been known to pee. Cats do not like the smell and will avoid these areas. However, you must never use anything that contains ammonia to clean up after your cat, as urine contains a large percentage of ammonia. The smell will encourage your cat to pee there. Cats are incredible creatures. They can give you years of happiness, once you learn how to deal with training them to use their litter boxes, as well as getting rid of the smell of cat urine.